September 21, 2002
Ruby M. Cusack
The church picnic with potato scallop, sliced ham, brown soldier beans, rolls and apple pie was an occasion for the residents and former residents of the community to gather to exchange news of family and friends. The way they discussed relatives and connections, it resembled a genealogy group gathering.
There will be a great genealogy group gathering on Saturday, September 21, 2002 when interested genealogists will gather in Saint John at the Millidgeville North School, Woodward Avenue, off the Boar’s Head Road, to attend the second Genealogy Fair sponsored by the Saint John Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society. It will be open from 10 a m to 4 p m. There is no admission fee and no registration is needed. Everyone is welcome.
A genealogy fair usually concentrates on the sharing of material from and about the local area but this Genealogy Fair will be different. It will have a hodge-podge of material that has been gathered by those who have researched their family histories so will include some information from various parts of New Brunswick as well as some from Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
The idea behind the fair is to encourage anyone interested in genealogy to bring their family charts, with any cemetery, marriage, land or census records they may have collected along with any books in their private collections that they have used in their own research and share this information. Perhaps you have material you would like to share. You do not have to be a member of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society to reserve a table.
This Genealogical Fair is a great opportunity for the beginning family researcher or one with years of experience to view reference material or to discuss problems and successes with others who have a love of genealogy. Help will also be provided to assist those who are new to genealogy and who are interested in learning how to begin their family tree research.
The Provincial Archives will be on hand with their traveling exhibit of research materials for Charlotte, Kings and Saint John Counties.
Kings County will be represented with tables from several individuals, including a data base of the first fifty years of land transactions and information on the material available at the Kings County Museum.
Members of Charlotte County Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society will be there with information on that county as well as some genealogies from Maine.
You will also be able to learn about the resources at the New Brunswick Museum, the Charlotte County Archives, the Loyalist Association, Fernhill Cemetery, and the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador.
There will be books for sale by individual members as well as two booksellers.
Sometimes we face a brick wall in our research. If you have a query or a problem that you need help with, please bring it with you on an 8 1/2 x 11 page with your name and address or means of contact and it will be taped on the walls around the room for others to read.
The fair is also an opportunity to find out more about the New Brunswick Genealogical Society and how it can help with your genealogical research.
By the way, I plan to be at the Genealogical Fair. I hope you will
drop by my table
If you missed this Genealogical Fair in 2002, watch http://www.nbgssj.ca/ for announcements
of a future Gen Fair.
Ruby M. Cusack is a genealogy buff. E-mail queries to email@example.com. Include your name and mailing address for the benefit of those who do not have access to E-mail. Please put Family Surname followed by the word 'Query' in the subject line. That is "Smith & Jones" - Query.